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“The famous legendary Malin Kundang”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Air Manis Beach

Air Manis Beach
Ranked #5 of 46 things to do in Padang
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“The famous legendary Malin Kundang”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

This place is one of the iconic statue in Padang, beside Jam Gadang. As you can browse the history from google, this beach is quite hot and mystic. Not recommended to visit over than 2 hours because nothing to do here, it's just a beach with famous legendary statue.

Visited February 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Malin Kundang stone”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Air Manis (Sweet Water) Beach is located around 45 menits drive from down town Padang. Quite an interesting trip because you have to go up and through a winding road, like going on a mountain/hill, then afterwards you can see the beach from a distance.

The beach has brown sand, but too bad plenty of garbage washed away from the ocean. Coast line is quite long with Malin Kundang stone located at the farthest end. There's a relief that tells the legend of Malin Kundang (a boy who left his village to seek better life, came back as a wealthy man, but pretend not to know his poor mother when she tries to reach out. his mother then put a curse that turned him into stone). Too bad the relief is blocked from view by the shops there. Getting a good angle to take a picture of Malin Kundang stone is also quite difficult because plenty of shop surround it and ruin the background.

I personally doubt the authenticity of Malin Kundang stone. Moreover, the stone that supposed to form Malin Kundang's old ship is too similar to a real vessel, so it looks fake. According to a local I met there, the stone is partly original and partly artificial, especially in parts of the ship. He also said that the body of Malin Kundang stone is still original, but not the head.

Visited January 2013
3 Thank cyanides
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Tangerang, Indonesia
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30 attraction reviews
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“Iconic area with the stone of Malin Kundang”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

A must be visited area no matter how short time you have in Padang. Ask a taxi driver to drive you there. It's only takes about 20 minutes to get there from Padang city

Visited September 2013
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Western Australia, Australia
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“Perfect surf for beginners”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

One of the most consistent surf locations on the West Sumatra coast. Sand bottom slopes gently out over banks that kick up fast peeling waves. Can hold up to head high then gets to be hard work. Almost always off shore in the mornings till 10 am and many evenings as well. The water is a bit muddy near the edge but gets cleaner as you paddle out. This is the ideal spot for surfers to learn and get fit before they try some of the regions more challenging surf. The locals are trying hard to keep the beach clean but there is a river near-by and when it rains a lot of plastic washes out. Lets hope the local Govt will encourage people to recycle plastic and not throw it in rivers.

Visited September 2013
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Pekanbaru, Indonesia
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“Nice beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

The beach is dirty by the time of my visit and the locals are cleaning it. Perhaps it because the strong current from the Indian Ocean, same problem as in Kuta Beach Bali.

Visited July 2013
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